France’s rail transport giant Alstom and the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) signed a framework agreement to modernize the Tanta – Zifta – Zagazig mainline, covering approximately 65 km comprising nine main stations. The deal was signed on Monday during the TransMEA Exhibition and Conference in Cairo.
The project’s scope includes the design, supply, installation of the signaling, power, telecom systems, and trackside equipment for migration to ETCSL1. In addition, the contract includes the testing and commissioning of signalling, telecom and power systems, civil works, trenching works and track-works including doubling of the track.
The modernization of Tanta-Zifta-Zagazig mainline is one of the Ministry of Transport’s top priorities and part of Egypt’s plans to improve public transportation capacity and efficiency. The agreement was signed by Mostafa Abu Al-Makarem, Chairperson of ENR, and Andrew Deleone, Alstom AMECA President, in the presence of Ahmed El Sewedy, President and CEO of Elsewedy Electric, and Mohamed Khalil, Alstom Egypt Managing Director. Alstom is currently working on modernizing the Beni Suef – Asyut mainline.
“We are pleased to be selected for an additional signalling modernization project and to do it with Elsewedy Electric. This agreement builds on our long-term partnership with ENR and we remain committed to providing state-of-the-art signalling solutions to Egypt and its citizens,” said Mohamed Khalil, Managing Director of Alstom Egypt.
Alstom has been a partner to Egypt’s railways since 1971, supporting the railway infrastructure development in the country. Alstom Egypt has established a strong local team and a Center of Excellence (COE) for signalling systems, power supply and maintenance workshops to support projects across its Africa-Middle East-Central Asia (AMECA) region. Egypt’s vision and strong talent pool has enabled Alstom to make significant contributions to Egypt’s rail industry development. Today, Alstom employs approximately 500 people in Egypt with several ongoing projects including a consortium to design, implement, operate, and maintain two new Monorail lines connecting the New Capital and 6th October City to Greater Cairo.